Almost all fluid processing industries make use of static mixers. Static mixers are also often used for mixing two or more gases together or mixing gases into liquids. Generally, in large-scale facilities, tank mixers are used for mixing huge volumes of liquids.
But tank mixers cannot handle a small volume of fluid. For ideal mixing and the best results, the mixer must always be full.
This becomes a problem in small scale industries. Tank mixers are also hard to install, often expensive, and difficult to maintain because of their size. They are only appropriate for large scale industries.
This is when static mixers are useful. Small scale industries regularly use static mixers because they are smaller than traditional tank mixers, have no moving parts, and require no electricity.
Using a static mixer has several benefits, including energy savings, material saving, more efficiency, and little to no maintenance costs (even with tax cuts this is vital). Static mixers are also more affordable than tank mixers and take up very little space.
The versatility of static mixers has made them popular in industries where fluids are processed. Aside from food and beverage, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, static mixers are also used in the polymer and plastics industry.
In fact, since mixing and heating often go hand in hand, heat exchangers are also used in the polymer industry. In the polymer industry, the plastic is melted and mixed with colors and additives to form different products, and static mixers are a vital part of the process.
Applications of static mixer in the polymer industry
Although there are various processes involved in the plastics and polymer industry, some of the applications of static mixers and heat exchangers are:
Komax static mixers and heat exchangers can be used for processing polymers like polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyesters, nylon, biodegradable plastics, latex, synthetic rubber, etc.
Proper homogenization of the polymer melt
One of the most important requirements for obtaining a high-quality polymer product is a perfectly homogenized melt.
A static mixer helps in achieving that by removing irregularities and flow variations. Komax static mixers are the world leader in every industry. Affordable, stellar, and easy to use, they can drastically improve all industrial processes where mixing fluids are required.